Posted by Adina at Arbor Teas on December 15, 2010
In this edition of our guide to the proper pronunciation of Chinese tea terms, we're branching out into more "flowery" tea terminology: "jasmine tea"!
Meaning: Jasmine tea. One interesting thing to note about this Chinese tea term is that the two characters share a common symbol. The top part of both of these characters has the meaning "grass" or refers to plant material.
Pronunciation: The pronunciation of the first word is a little trickier than some that we've covered so far. The sound is like the "mua-" part of the kissing sound "muah," but with a more rounded mouth shape. The second syllable is pronounced like "lee." The intonation of these syllables is also a little tricky. Both are pitched like the famous line from Monty Python's "knights who say 'nee'" bit, starting high and ending low. For a little refresher, here's the clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIV4poUZAQo.